Eager for a larger piece of the blade server space, third-ranked (in overall server market) Sun Microsystems has launched a new line of blade servers called Sun Blade 6000 Modular System that allows you to mix and match to your hearts content.
The new line-up gives the option of not only slotting in a blade with Intel inside but also blades with Advanced Micro Devices' x86 Opteron processors if so desired - not forgetting Sun's own UltraSPARC chips of course.
All major operating systems in the server market are supported, including Sun's own Solaris 10, as well as Microsoft Windows and Linux. Additionally, VMware's virtualization hypervisor software will be supported.
You can read more on Sun's new hardware:
Sun launches first blades from new Intel deal (InfoWorld)
Sun shines with its new blade servers (NewsFactor)
Sun introduces the most open and versatile enterprise blade platform (Official press release)
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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.